The Office Is Awful

Description: An article I wrote for my mass media and society class. The assignment intended for us to write about readings or expieriences we encountered outside of class during the week.

Date: July 2018

What is about the daily ins and out of a bland paper company that is entertaining enough to make millions and entertain thousands for over 10 years?

Maybe it’s the fact that they get absolutely nothing done.

Perhaps it’s the stereotypes encouraged in nearly every character.

It’s probably just the fact that the show is absolutely ridiculous.

In 2011 The Office was NBC’s #1 scripted TV show with adults ages 18-49 and has since died down after it had its run.

What kills me is the awful stereotypes, racism and sexual jokes that drive the show. As I’ve been rewatching season 7 I’ve observed just how awful the whole situation is.

The jokes are sometimes incredibly funny, but more often than not they’re vulgar. I won’t deny I love the show, but sometimes I’m ashamed to be watching it.

Why is our society drawn to such terrible humor? Doesn’t it just encourage the stereotypes that already exist in society?

The Office has been playing for over 10 years and has still managed to receive many loyal viewers up to now.

Earlier this year a Twitter user claimed The Office was leaving Netflix and people had a fit. Netflix posted the following tweet:

The Office will remain with us for a long time. For better or worse.